Plate deals served up
THE end-of-year discounts continue for car buyers as dealers look to shift the last of their 2016-plated vehicles.
Toyota is ensuring Australia’s top-selling car gets an early sales boost by covering the on-road costs of all HiLux four-wheeldrive variants.
That puts the drive-away price for a dual-cab from $43,990 for the Workmate up to $54,390 for the SR5.
City drivers are catered for with a $17,990 drive-away deal on the Yaris Ascent equipped with a four-speed auto and free metallic paint, while the Corolla Ascent with a continuously variable transmission can be yours for $23,490.
Hyundai is still hammering its value proposition with an Accent Active driving out the door for $14,990 for the fivespeed manual ($15,990 CVT).
The i30 hatch continues to be discounted with prices starting at $19,990 drive-away for a manual (auto adds $2000). SUV drivers can get nearly as good a deal on the Tucson Active, which has an RRP of $28,590 but this month can be parked in your garage for $27,990 drive-away.
Volkswagen has taken a similar approach to the Jetta sedan. The drive-away price of $22,990 for the Trendline manual ($25,490 for the auto) effectively amounts to a $1000 cut on its list price plus free onroad costs.
Ford’s mid-sized Escape SUV has only just been officially launched but the Blue Oval brand is keen to get the new model on the road and is doing deals to make it happen.
A front-wheel drive entrylevel manual is now $30,990 drive-away.
The stablemate Ranger pickup has also earned factory backing and the family-focused XLT can be yours for $48,990 in manual rear-drive guise or $56,490 for the four-wheel drive variant.
Subaru has its sights set on giving Forester sales a boost and an entry level 2.0i-L can now be had with a seven-inch touchscreen, satnav, EyeSight driver assist package, electric sunroof, LED headlamps with cornering beam and keyless entry for a $4000 premium over the regular price. Prices vary state to state but expect to get the keys for about $38,000.
A seven-seat Mitsubishi Outlander SUV can be had this month for $29,990 drive-away, representing a fair saving over the list price of $28,750.
Kia’s Cerato small hatch and sedan were already good value at $19,990 drive-away and the company has thrown in an automatic transmission. The just-launched Rio S is still on sale for $17,490 drive-away with a four-speed auto.
Early sales boosts: Ford Escape, top left; Toyota Yaris, main; Kia Cerato